MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mission

The mission of the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide an advanced level of study in distinct areas of specialization. The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares the graduate student for Doctoral level studies or for advanced mechanical engineering practice in industry, consulting or government service. 

Program Educational Outcomes

  1. The MS in Mechanical Engineering program will produce graduate students who are successfully placed in industry, doctoral programs, consulting and government service.
  2. The MS in Mechanical Engineering program will produce graduates who possess advanced knowledge in order to perform research in mechanical engineering and related technical areas.
  3. The MS in Mechanical Engineering program will ensure that graduates engage in professional activities.

 Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students in the MS in Mechanical Engineering program will apply critical thinking skills to solve challenging mechanical engineering problems.
  2. Students in the MS in Mechanical Engineering program will effectively communicate their research ideas and results.
  3. Students in the MS in Mechanical Engineering program will demonstrate their potential to conduct effective research.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Doctor of Philosophy

Mission

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Mechanical Engineering provides independent research opportunities and skills to students who are interested in research and teaching at the university level and positions in government laboratories and industries. The PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering provides both advanced instruction and independent research opportunities for students. 

Program Educational Outcomes

  1. The PhD in Mechanical Engineering program will produce graduates who are successfully placed in research agencies and faculty positions in universities and colleges.
  2. The PhD in Mechanical Engineering program will train graduates who are capable of imparting knowledge of mechanical engineering through teaching and research.
  3. The PhD in Mechanical Engineering program will produce graduates who are active in professional organizations and keep abreast with developments in science and engineering.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Doctoral candidates in Mechanical Engineering will identify, theorize, formulate and solve complex and challenging mechanical engineering problems.
  2. Doctoral candidates completing the PhD in Mechanical Engineering will communicate effectively by conveying their ideas while advancing knowledge in mechanical engineering.
  3. Doctoral candidates in Mechanical Engineering will demonstrate their ability to develop a research proposal and execute independent research.

 OVERVIEW

 Refer to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook for more information.

 OBJECTIVE

 The objective of graduate study in Mechanical Engineering is to provide advanced level study in distinct areas of specialization. The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares the graduate student for Ph.D. level studies or for advanced mechanical engineering practice in industrial, consulting or government service. The Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering provides independent research opportunities and skills to students who are interested in research and teaching at the university level.  

 

DEGREES OFFERED

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering 

Admission to PhD Program

To be considered for unconditional admission to the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, an applicant must have the Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and satisfactory GRE scores. 

A student with a BSME degree from an accredited program with a 3.5  GPA or higher, a  GRE score of 1100 or higher, and strong reference letters may be admitted directly to the PhD program. Students in this program must qualify for unconditional admission status.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Students must complete six (6) credit hours of Thesis, twenty-four (24) credit hours of course work with letter grades, supervised research and graduate seminars with Pass/Fail grades as specified by the department. At least twelve (12) credit hours of those 24 graded credit hours must be at the 700 level or above. A coursework option and a project option are also available with different degree requirements. Refer to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook for more information.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

For students entering the PhD program with a Master’s Degree, the program requires 24 credit hours of course work. At least 12 credit hours (courses with letter grades) must be at the 800 level, and no more than 6 credit hours can be at the 600 level. For students entering the PhD program with a Bachelor’s Degree, the program requires 42 credit hours of course work. At least 21 credit hours (courses with letter grades) must be at the 800 level, and no more than 6 credit hours can be at the 600 level.

A written Qualifying Examination and an oral Preliminary Examination are required. In addition, the student must successfully complete 12 credit hours of dissertation after fulfilling all the course work requirements. Supervised research and graduate seminars with Pass/Fail grades are required as specified by the department. Refer to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook for more information.

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